Professor

Thomas F. Rosenbaum

California Institute of Technology
Area
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Specialty
Physics
Member Since
2010

Thomas F. Rosenbaum is the ninth president of the California Institute of Technology and Professor of Physics. He is an expert on the quantum mechanical nature of materials, conducting research at Bell Laboratories, IBM Watson Research Center, and the University of Chicago, where he served as Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory and then provost, before moving to Caltech in 2014. His research interests include the observation and manipulation of coherent quantum effects at ultra-low temperatures, including their potential for encoding information, the nature of quantum transitions between different magnetic, electronic, and optical states, often induced by the application of high pressures, and the salutatory effects of disorder. His honors include membership in the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the William McMillan Award for “outstanding contributions to condensed matter physics” for his research on the behavior of matter at temperatures near absolute zero.

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